By David Fott
Studying Dewey's evolving notion of liberalism, David Fott illuminates his subject's trust in democracy extra absolutely than has ever been ahead of. by means of evaluating and contrasting Dewey's idea with that of Socrates, Fott convincingly casts doubt on claims that Dewey deals a defensible heart floor among ethical absolutism and ethical relativism.
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Perhaps part of the explanation for the neglect may be found in the course taken by academic departments of philosophy in the English-speaking world in the last several decades: Analytic philosophy, hostile to Dewey's pragmatism, became dominant even before his death. "95 But, as I suggested earlier, the possibility exists that through coming to understand Dewey twentieth-century Americans may come to see more clearly the implications of many of our own thoughts. Pragmatic ways of thought have been, and are, extremely influential in American life.
This does not threaten social democratic politics, though it may well alter our view of their value. . " But if a rejection of Dewey's moral and social vision lessens Page 20 our estimation of social democratic politics, how could it not threaten social democratic politics? Among recent books concerning Dewey, David Steiner's stands out as explaining more clearly than others do the connection between Dewey's political theory and his metaphysics. Steiner observes that Dewey's metaphysics is the foundation for his political theory.
20 Rorty concludes, Falling back on private fantasy is the only solution to the self-referential problem which such theorizing encounters, the problem of how to distance one's predecessors without doing exactly what one has repudiated them for doing. So I take Derrida's importance to lie in his having had the courage to give up the attempt to unite the private and the public, to stop trying to bring together a quest for private autonomy and an attempt at public resonance and utility. 21 Thus theorizing ends in the abandonment of theory.
John Dewey by David Fott